Hi! My name is KoKo, and I am a gorgeous chocolate boy of 5-6 who unfortunately was born with a genetic eye disease called PRA – Progressive Retinal Atrophy. There are no medications or a surgery that can help me. No one would ever guess I am visually impaired if they saw me in my foster home. I know where everything is and don’t run or stumble into anything. I am perfectly normal in all my daily activities.
I have three foster brothers who I enjoy being in the back yard with. I am an alpha boy and none of them are, so we all get along great. I never get into any trouble with them and like them as my buddies. I have a sweet tooth! I jumped a gate once and helped myself to my foster mom’s birthday cookie cake! It didn’t make me sick, thank goodness, but then she put up a gate that I couldn’t jump over, so no more goodies like that for me! I am crate trained, never have accidents in the house, and I always come when I am called. My foster mom loves all of that about me. She says I am no trouble at all.
Because of my genetic vision issue, however, I must first gain your trust. Then, I come to you for hugs and pats. I love them! My foster mom is cautious at the vet with me and always muzzles me and puts me on the table. I am then perfectly fine to get my shots. I am perfect for her for a bath. She says “give me a paw to scrub”, and I do – no problem. Grooming can be a challenge because I don’t see those ladies everyday. Their voices and touches are strange to me, so it’s scary, and I could react. I take a pill an hour before and am muzzled for the process, but I get through it. I look like a big brown teddy bear when my hair grows out. My hair is very fine so I don’t get matted and can go longer between haircuts. Apart from the little challenges, I am a good dog and would be a great companion. Even my vet says so, but we all know I need someone who has a heart for special needs dogs like me.
My foster mom says I should not be with small children for their safety and mine, but I could live with a canine brother or sister, as long as they are not alpha dogs. Could you be the special home I need? I am up to date on my shots, neutered, was treated for heart worms (I was found as a stray boy), on heart worm and flea preventative, and a handsome, loving, and easy boy. Please consider me for adoption if you think I would fit into your family. I do give cocker kisses!